It’s hard to ignore when a top evangelical ethicist urges believers to change our minds about homosexual relationships. David P. Gushee, who co-wrote the widely used textbook Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (IVP Academic, 2003), has just released Changing Our Mind: A call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church.
It is the most thoughtful work I have seen so far in favor of gay and lesbian relationships. Gushee’s skill as a thinker and writer shines through. Thus I find much to recommend in what he has written, but only up to about the halfway point. The latter portion of the book falls short, in frankly astonishing ways….
That’s the introduction to my current Worldview and You column at BreakPoint. Here’s how the column ends:
…. So even if we set aside all the scholarly questions about Gushee’s biblical interpretations, the best that could possibly said about this book is that it fails to make its case, by failing to make its case—for it fails to cover most of the really urgent ethical issues.
It’s unfortunate, really. By ignoring most of his proposal’s sweeping social implications, David Gushee, this leading ethicist who should be hard to ignore, has made it not so difficult after all.
What comes between there explains it all.
(I’ve been at the annual meeting the Evangelical Philosophical Society/Evangelical Theological Society all week. Not much time to blog. I’m heading home now, from very comfortably warm San Diego, to much cooler southwest Ohio. I can’t wait to get home!)